Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh down New Zealand in a last-ball thriller to take a 2-0 lead

Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh down New Zealand in a last-ball thriller to take a 2-0 lead

New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham's fighting 69 went in vain as he found little to no support from his teammates.

Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Bangladesh vs New Zealand. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh took a 2-0 lead against New Zealand with a narrow win of four runs in the second T20I at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. The match went till the last ball and had more runs been scored, New Zealand would have got the match. They would now need to win all the last three games to win this series while Bangladesh needs just another win to seal the series

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a smart decision considering the slowness of the surface. New Zealand attacked with spinners early on and the Bangladesh openers were good enough to build a 59-run stand for the first wicket. Despite the stand being rather slow for modern standards, it helped Bangladesh lay a good foundation. Liton Das (33 runs from 29 balls) was the first wicket to fall. 

Mushfiqur Rahim was left shocked after being dismissed for a golden duck. Bangladesh lost their third wicket in the form of Mohammad Naim (39 runs from 39 balls). Rachin Ravindra, who made an impressive debut with the ball, continued his form, picking up the first three wickets of hosts. He ended with three wickets and gave only 22 runs from four overs. 

Tom Latham kept New Zealand in the game till the very last ball

Captain Mahmudullah played a very steady knock of 37 runs from 32 balls, which allowed the hosts to post a competitive total. He got some support from Shakib Al Hasan (12 runs) and Nurul Hasan (13 runs). Bangladesh ended on 141 for 6 in their 20 overs. Ajaz Patel, Cole McConchie, and Hamish Bennett also accounted for a wicket each. 

With runs on the board, Bangladesh started well with the ball early on getting both the openers inside the powerplay. Captain Tom Latham didn’t hang back like he did in the last match and decided to bat at no. 3 this time. Along with Will Young, he forged a partnership that helped New Zealand to find its way back into the run-chase. 

Once Young was dismissed scoring 22 runs, it was Latham who kept the visitors in the match. He kept finding boundaries every now and then, managing to keep Blackcaps in the hunt till the last ball. But in the end, it became too much for even him to keep up with the increasing required rate. He ended being unbeaten on 67 runs from 49 balls.  

For Bangladesh, Mahedi Hasan was fantastic with the ball, getting two wickets and shelling only 12 runs in his four overs. Shakib picked up 2 for 29 in his four overs while Nasum Ahmed also took one wicket. 

Here is how Twitter reacted to Bangladesh’s victory